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. >> reporter: good morning. we'll find out today just how much superstorm sandy slowed job growth when the labor department releases the november employment report. on thursday the government reported weekly applications for jobless benefits fell sharply. the decline suggests the return to modest job growth that plunged during sandy's aftermath. some economists believe fewer than 100,000 jobs were added in november but others say if not for sandy job gains would have been at their highest since february. asian markets were lower. tokyo's nikkei lost a fraction while the hong kong hang seng also shed a fraction. michigan a long time bedrock of union employment could soon become the nation's 24th right to work state. protesters rallied at the state house and senate on thursday. both chambers passed separate bills banning mandatory union dues from non-union members. the republican governor said he would sign the bill when they are sent to him. tech stocks gave wall street a modest lift. the dow finished 39 points higher on thursday while the nasdaq was up 15 points. apple one of the tech
don't think that war ever technically ended. and superstorm sandy brought devastated and will cost tens of billions of dollars and now the president is asking congress for 60 billion to help with the cleanup. peter doocy is live in washington with the latest on the recovery efforts. >> reporter: good morning, clayton, you're right the white house wrote a letter, the speaker of the house, to request 64.4 billion dollars and the number recommends funds needed to finance a recovery effort and help the region prepare for future challenges, including future severe storms and flooding as well as impacts associated with a changing climate. just because the white house is requesting 60.4 billion dollars doesn't necessarily mean it will be easily approved by the house of representatives, because money is tight right now and as spokeman for speaker boehner says simply, we have the request and we will review it. four u.s. senators from new york and new jersey, chuck schumer robert menendez and kirsten gillibrand says the money might get caught up with people wanting it elsewhere. and it's a
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